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Posted on: March 4, 2021

Pittsylvania County Spring Baseball to Proceed with Safety Precautions

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After being forced to cancel the past few sporting seasons due to COVID-19, Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation will move forward with spring baseball in 2021. The season will run from the middle of May through July 17.

"Cancelling all of our sports seasons for the past year was extremely difficult and sad for our youth, so we are incredibly excited to be able to provide the opportunity to safely play baseball this year," said Justin Price, Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation Director. "We are putting all types of safety protocols in place and doing everything we can to prevent COVID-19 exposures for our youth and everyone involved."

Registration will begin online on March 13 and run through April 16. Each area will also host some onsite dates. Please reach out to your area coordinator for those dates. You can find who your area coordinator is and their contact information on the Parks and Recreation website or by calling 434-432-7736. Parks and Recreation has the season slated to begin around the second week of May, and there will not be an end of season tournament.

The baseball season, which will be for ages 4 to 15, will look much different than in years past. To help prevent potential exposures to COVID-19, there will be a wide range of health and safety guidelines in place for the season, a few being:

  • Players won't be able to leave the dugout to congratulate players after a score, and those in the dugout will be required to social distance and wear masks. The National Federation of State High School Associations rules allow for the dugout and warmup area to be extended for social distancing.
  • Pitchers will not be permitted to put their hands in their mouth or blow their hands prior to pitching the ball.
  • All equipment and balls should be appropriately cleaned between each players' use.
  • Fans that live under the same roof can sit together. Otherwise they will need to social distance, and if they are not able to social distance then they will need to wear a mask.
  • Concession stands will be limited to pre-packed items.

 The games will be played mostly at the softball and baseball fields at Chatham, Tunstall, Dan River, and Gretna High Schools. Occasionally there will be games at the middle school fields.

The decision to not hold an end of season tournament was based on the season beginning later than normal and the potential for large numbers of family and friends wanting to attend, which would make social distancing protocols in the seating arrangements difficult to follow.

"We are doing everything we can to provide some sense of normalcy in this season without compromising the safety of our youth, the coaches, umpires, staff, and fans," Price said.

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